I admit I had to unlearn transphobic beliefs. It was during the same time I unlearned homophobia, colorism ideologies, like needing my hair to be straight or avoiding the sun in summer months. It was during the same time I unlearned self-hatred and denial. I realized in this time that I was a product of the white-patriarchal system I claimed to hate. Layers of ignorance revealed itself, and the
A quote by Malcolm
38 percent of black trans women are living in poverty according to the National Women’s Law Center and there are no federal laws that enforce anti-discrimination against transgendered people in the workplace. This fact along with misogynistic views, make black transwomen vulnerable to violence. There have been 11 reported murders of black transwomen this year (12 in 2020) and most of these cases end with no leads. The legal system’s transphobia and failure to see transwomen as equal are to blame.
Black Transwomen Murders 2019/2020:
Updated June, 2020
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